Poplar and Pine Band Saw Box

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Project by FloridaArt posted 05-13-2011 11:43 PM 2748 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

May, 2011—My 17 y/o daughter designed this box. I glued up pine sandwiched between poplar, and she took the blank and a pencil and drew the design. I did the rest on this one. She is so busy with homework and studying for exams this time of year. She just did not have the time to make the cuts, do the sanding, and apply the finish.

Poplar is an interesting wood. The front of this box is very dark poplar, and the back is very light poplar. It’s all beautiful wood that is easy to work with. The handle is a small piece of hardwood from my scrap pile, probably zebra wood. An oil stain and poly satin finish was applied. For drawer liner, I used some of that non-skid liner they sell for large desks and drawers.

This was a fun box to make and my daughter is delighted with how it turned out. She plans to gift it to her favorite teacher.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 11:47 PM

I like the shape of this one!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 05-14-2011 12:31 AM

Really nice bandsaw box. I have gotten on this kick and it’s hard to stop making them. lol
Your daughter did a nice job on the layout also.

-- Chuck

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#3 posted 05-14-2011 03:39 AM

Nice box by your daughter. You used two of my favorite three items for crafts. Poplar, pine and paint.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 08:27 PM

Can you tell me how you hollow out the inside of the drawer.

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 01:43 AM

WVTODD—To make the drawer, slice the front and back off the drawer blank. Then turn the drawer 90-degrees (typically so the front is up), and use the bandsaw to make the hollow. Then glue the front and back pieces back on. Sand smooth and you are done! If this sounds confusing, put “bandsaw box” in YouTube and watch some of them being made (not mine, but other people’s bandsaw boxes). Good luck!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#6 posted 07-08-2011 02:13 AM

Very nice form, and I like the little joggle at the bottom of the drawer. Keeps the drawer aligned and tends to disguise the entrance kerf. Band saw boxes make a great home-made gift. Keep her at woodworking- we need more woodworking females.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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